MY BLACK FRIDAY WISH LIST: DESIGNER & HIGH STREET

Black Friday is finally approaching! This year (more than ever) we (I think I speak for the majority of us?) are going to shop for ourselves and Christmas gifts online. If we can find the items on our wish list on the sales, why not?! Personally, I am focusing on buying less and buying better. So, having a wish list ready in advance, really helps! These are the three Farfetch places I am going to check as first for my Black Friday wish list: My aim is to help you navigating the sales season. Below is a round-up of pieces on my wish list (or that I already own and you liked)  that I am hoping to go into the Black Friday sale (keep checking this space every couple of days until the end of the month as I am going to update it daily with new discount codes).  

ACCESSORIES

TIMELESS BASICS

BEAUTY

CLASSIC WINTER COATS

BLACK COATS

KNITWEAR

INTERIOR/HOMEWEAR

 

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WFH EDIT

wfh, cosy outfit, gucci socks, sezane jumper  

This isn’t the way I expected Spring 2020 to be, as normally we would be enjoying my traditional birthday weekend away.  We have to stay home and at the same time try to combine work with taking care of the kids full time and maintaining a level of mental health. But that doesn’t mean we have to be wearing our pyjamas 24/7 and this is coming from someone who’s being working from home for years now 🙂

As I don’t have much time to dedicate to my YT channel right now having Emma at home with me every day.. I miss creating my usual amount of content, so I’ve decided to pick up my blog again and hopefully keeping you inspired, in case you are in the mood for a WFH shopping spree any of these days.

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Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas is already around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited. It’s the season of gifting our loved ones the things that’s high on their list but it’s always fun to surprise them with something different. If you’re always running out of time around this time of the year this gift guide could save you a lot of time (& stress). Let me know what’s on your Christmas list this year! The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide: gifts for her, him and the little ones. Classic, useful gifts that will make them happy for a very long time! Happy gifting and wishing you all happy holidays xx
FOR HIM
FOR KIDS

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TIED UP TO THE PAPERBAG WAIST TREND

If you follow my Instagram you may have noticed this summer I am obsessing over the paperbag waist trend! After screening all the brands and online retailers I love, this summer I went back, yet again, to Opus. I’ve been so happy with their winter knits and jackets and this summer they’re serving my style again!

  nicole ballardini - paperbag waist - summer trend - opus fashion   nicole ballardini - paperbag waist - summer trend - opus fashion  

In case you don’t know what a paperbag waist is (although I am sure you know) it looks like a ruffled waist, creating a bottom volume on shorts, pants or skirts. This summer it became one of my staples to interchange from denim, during my easy days spent in the new garden but also love dressing it up with a blazer when I have appointments in the city.

Both of these two outfits, I created in collaboration with Opus, are so comfortable! At the same time they look stylish, chic and I am sure you can spot the high quality materials. It’s a good alternative to jeans, adding the right twist and giving a special touch.   nicole ballardini - paperbag waist - summer trend - opus fashion  

Two elements I always look in my outfits are comfort and strong details. The paperbag waist can give you a very basic look but if you style it up, at the same time you don’t need much to make the whole outfit look chic. I never combine a paperbag waist with dramatic tops or the whole outfit would look too busy. Instead, the best is to balance it with a simple, plain top tucked in.

You will see me wearing these pieces on high rotation this summer!

Look1:

Shorts | Top | Bag

Look2:

Pants | Top | Bag

  Created in collaboration with Opus. Story, styling, creative direction and photography my own.

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IS THE STRAW BAG TREND MAKING US FORGET OF DESIGNER?

Hello girls! We are back blogging and you can expect loads of shopping posts coming to this space again! Since the beginning of the new year we neglected the blog a bit to start my new youtube channel. We needed this period to fully dedicate to a new channel but I admit I started to miss blogging! Now we created a dozen on videos and we know what kind of content works for us, so we are ready to be back here too! If you haven’t visited my new youtube channel yet, look for Nicole Ballardini or click here, we have new videos coming every Sunday evening. But now, let’s talk straw bags!

straw bag - basket bag -

If you ask me what is the key for my “summer ready” outfit I would definitely say a straw bag! So, the answer is yes!!

My collection varies between straw bags, baskets and even beaded totes.. I just can’t stop adding on it! Circular, square or bucket shape doesn’t make exceptions. There are so many to choose from that the urge of owning all the straw bag shapes is just too appealing! Big advantage? They come with a little price point.. so, for once, a handbag addiction doesn’t break the bank!

straw bag - leopard print

We saw this trend already last spring/summer and I am happy that is still blooming strong this year. Forget a straw bag just for beach vacations or pic-nic in the park – it’s literally the most versatile type of bag I own and it’s a trend that’s definitely becoming a wardrobe staple for summer.

The fun part of shopping a straw bag is the countless versions you can find available. Starting from just 20€ you can find one which looks designer! Depending on what I pair mine with, it takes me from meetings to the beach and again to summer evenings out.

straw bag - topshop

You can really keep up with all the ones trending while staying on budget at the same time!

I am more one for the understated styles, but this doesn’t mean I won’t fall for a pompom or a tassel detail this summer 😉 Which one are your favourites?? It’s so hard to just pick one!!

Check out my favourite straw bag selection below:

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