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The girls are back!

Fabulous fashion spirit, hilarious sayings, mad and brilliant escapades … Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha and Miranda rock it again!

SATC 2 – the vogue fairy tale – get inspired – watch it and have a great time – it’s and experience – it’s a must see!

“Abu Dhabi doo!”

Sex And The City 2 (SATC 2)

Sex And The City 2 (SATC 2)

For more SATC 2 fashion images and reviews go to Vogue.co.uk

For more details on the movie visit sexandthecitymovie.com

Spotify users – search for the SATC 2 soundtrack  – it’s fab! (SATC 2 features the apparence of Liza Minnelli – she sings Single Ladies and plays a wonderful cameo role)

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The V&A is one of my favorite museums in London. I missed it so much and was happy to visit it again last week during my short trip to London. I had the chance to see an amazing exposition devoted to the never forgotten and always admired beautiful and elegant Grace Kelly.
If you are interested in timeless style icons, fabulous vintage dresses (50s-70s), Hitchcock films, classic looks and incredibly voguish dress senses – please head off to the V&A and see the
“Grace Kelly – Style Icon” exhibit that runs till September 26, 2010.

The Kelly bag is there! Her countless Dior sunglasses are there! Her Yves Saint Laurent “Mondrian” dress and her  black frock from the ‘Rear Window’ film are there! Her stunning emerald green Givenchy dress is there along many many other incredible masterpiece dresses.

Don’t miss that exposition!

grace kelly style icon v&a london

grace kelly style icon v&a london

elegant chic Grace Kelly

elegant chic Grace Kelly

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Yesterday I had dinner in a very cool place called MOMO. MOMO is attached to the busy and fancy Park Hotel in Amsterdam. The food was fine, the company great but what really caught my attention was a selection of fabulous photographs by the artist: Flore Zoé in the Gallery Zone.

The pictures inspired me enormously and I would love to recreate a similar fashion photo shoot one day. Zoé’s pictures are full of emotions, meanings, interpretations and concepts. She uses fabulous contrasts of colors, textures, forms and takes her viewers to an amazing world of storytelling.

Flore Zoé

Flore Zoé

Flore Zoé

Flore Zoé

Picture source: http://www.florezoe.com/

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You – Be the Judge!

You – Check it out!

Diesel Advertising Campaign 2010 – BE STUPID

View all the images here: Diesel – Be Stupid

View the video here: Be Stupid Philosophy

PS: I love it !!!!!!
PS: Let me know what you think ….
be stupid by Diesel published in COLORS

be stupid by Diesel published in the COLORS magazine

be stupid by Diesel - advert images - source: diesel.com

be stupid by Diesel - advert images - source: diesel.com


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Here they are – a few examples of my very ordinary outfits for very ordinary days :

- denim – t-shirt – cropped jacket, blazer or cardi – beanie or headband  – canvas bag – All Star shoes, flats or wedges.

These are my basics that I play with. I don’t really dress up during the week but a couple of carefully selected accessories help to accent my looks. I have a very simple style and tend not to use too many accessories, yet I definitely love bags, bow headbands and scarves.

I wear my daily outfits for downtown walking, when I go out for a quick coffee with a friend or when I need to do my every day grocery shopping.

Generally speaking, I like my comfy ensembles. True, they are far away from original styling, but regardless how much I love fashion, I will always remain a “denim & tee” girl.

shopping outfit by Asia Jo

shopping outfit by Asia Jo

shopping outfit by Asia Jo
shopping outfit by Asia Jo
coffee with a friend outfit by Asia Jo

coffee with a friend outfit by Asia Jo

coffee with a friend outfit by Asia Jo

coffee with a friend outfit by Asia Jo

downtown walk outfit by Asia Jo

downtown walk outfit by Asia Jo

downtown walk outfit by Asia Jo

downtown walk outfit by Asia Jo

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Coco Chanel – my favorite fashion icon:

… innovation … influence … power … bravura … talent …  originality … black & white …

coco chanel quote

coco chanel quote

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A bit of extravaganza. A bit of fun. A bit of a twist.

This Spring loves pretty socks with heels!

Not so long ago I spotted a cute shop called Fashion Flairs. Located in the famous ‘9 streets’ area, in the centre of Amsterdam, Fashion Flairs offers fabulous accessories from bags, shoes to gorgeous pendants and colorful socks :)

That’s where I found my blue below knee socks!

socks in heels by Asia Jo

socks in heels by Asia Jo

socks in heels by Asia Jo

Elle featuring socks in heels ss '10

And look at that – such a wonderful picture by Shirley Baker! Didn’t she get this hot sock trend just right?

:)

socks in heels / photo by Shirley Baker

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Pale or nude pink is one of the must have colours for this  S/S fashion season …. It’s so easy to match it with soft gray and charcoal, navy or washed out denim, beige and ivory.

I really love that natural palette so I wondered if I already had something matching that ‘cherry blossom’ range of shades ….

cherry blossom inspiration

My picks:

cherry blossom inspiration by Asia Jo

cherry blossom inspiration by Asia Jo

cherry blossom inspiration by Asia Jo

♡ Butterfly sleeve blouse (custom made) ♡ Printed AMQ vest ♡ Sporty cotton ONLY top

♡ Butterfly print Pieces scarf ♡ Sleeveless Zara dress ♡ Flower print H&M tights

♡  Thai silk Jim Thompson cushion

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Those who know me, they know I love Art Deco and I am slightly obsessed with Art Nouveau fashion.

Those who know me they also know I’ve discovered my new hobby that slowly but steadily is becoming an obsession. It all started with my desire to combine modern design with antique features in my recently refurbished house. Since I successfully managed to buy a beautiful, old bridge table two weeks ago, I’ve felt a growing passion for vintage items, especially when you really want them and someone is bidding against you. I’ve been regularly attending De Zwaan (Amsterdam’s antique auction) this month and today was my lucky day.

I bought five amazing vintage purses for a very very reasonable price :) I assume they all come from the 1920s and 1930s, besides  they are in excellent conditions, which makes me really happy.

These bags made my day and I have no intention of reselling them at all :)

Here are my unique vintage treasure bags …

Art Deco crocodile hand bag

Art Deco crocodile hand bag

Art Deco floral petit point framed purse

Art Deco floral petit point framed purse

Art Deco golden shell buckle hand bag

Art Deco golden shell buckle hand bag

Art Deco golden shell buckle hand bag

Art Deco alligator purse by Maison De Bonneterie

Art Deco alligator purse by Maison De Bonneterie

Art Deco alligator purse by Maison De Bonneterie

Art Deco alligator purse by Maison De Bonneterie

Art Deco ivory colored micro beaded purse with golden chain and fancy frame

Art Deco ivory colored micro beaded purse with golden chain and fancy frame

Art Deco ivory colored micro beaded purse with golden chain and fancy frame

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On Sunday morning I went out to grab some coffee. Inside the brasserie, I spotted a piece of paper saying:

“Can’t think of what to do with your Sundays …” It made me smile and I wondered what the day would bring since I didn’t have any special plans for the rest of the day.

Funny enough, it was a busy day. I bought a new coffee table, met a bunch of friends and detoxed my wardrobe:)

Detox Your Wardrobe – quite a cool slogan, isn’t it?

Apparently, the Glamour magazine teamed up with de Bijenkorf department store in Amsterdam for a charity event.

There was a temporary shop inside the fashion sector with loads of great second hand cloths. The prices were low and attracted a huge crowd.

My shopaholic nature woke up immediately when I saw those numerous rails of clothes. I quickly pulled out a G-star sweater, Diesel jacket and a Vanilia top. Unfortunately I didn’t buy any of the high fashion pieces donated by several Dutch celebrities. Yet, I enjoyed seeing the catwalk show followed by the auction.

I get a kick out of recycled fashion lately :)

Well, with a lovely spring approaching, it’s time to detox your wardrobes dear ladies!

Sunday coffee

Detox Your Wardrobe

@ Detox Your Wardrobe store

de BIjencorf Detox show

my detox your wardrobe bargains

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Vintage, classic, old, timeless …. my afternoon walk around Jordaan ….

It’s basically a return to the past ….

vintage lamp

vintage glasses

vintage bag

vintage gowns

vintage gowns

vintage purse

vintage tin box & door knocker

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Stripes are still in. S/S 2010 gives them a new fresh start but you may still reuse your stripy garments from last season. At least I already did. Since I am still renovating my house I have been going for very relaxed looks recently. Today, I have pulled my MNG top and skinny navy jeans from one of my until now unpacked boxes and matched them with my new shoulder pads sporty jacket. My All Star shoes complete this comfy outfit.

Off I go for sofa shopping!

stripes s/s 2010 by Asia Jo

stripes s/s 2010 by Asia Jo

stripes s/s 2010 by Asia Jo

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I just came across a very interesting article about fashion and its recent love for social media:

How the Fashion Industry is Embracing Social Media

Please read it. It’s really amazing how more and more aspects of life, such as fashion, are being affected by the power of online conversations and online networking.

According to the article, several upcoming New York Fashion Week shows are going to be streamed online (for instance the Dutch brand G-star) and Twitter will keep updating fashionistas with the latest fashion gossip and buzz from NY, London, Paris and Milan. Facebook is already full of fashion pages and fashion fan groups.

Some time ago I wrote about Burberry’s online campaign Art of the Trench and another fact is that the blogosphare enjoys a growing number of professional fashion styling, photography and news blogs.

DVF - Diane von Furstenberg - facebook page

So … it looks like fashion hearts online media and all the innovation Web offers to bring the labels closer to the more and more demanding and Internet-focused customers, readers, journalists, retailers and any other fashion followers.

Ps: I took this photo in Thailand :) It’s for t-shirt & social media enthusiasts :)

fashion and social media go together

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I enjoy little things in life … like this blue, wool, pom pom hat from ‘de Bijenkorf’

I just couldn’t resist the temptation – this hat was 50% off!

Who doesn’t love bargains like that?

:)

my new de bijenkorf hat by Asia Jo

my new de bijenkorf hat

my new de bijenkorf hat by Asia Jo

my new de bijenkorf hat

my new de bijenkorf hat by Asia Jo

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This is a tragic news for all those who love and admire the fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

He is gone forever but his brilliant talent and remarkable, unconventional work will never be forgotten.

You will be missed, Alexander. RIP.

xxx

Asia Jo

RIP

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This is going to be absolutely awesome!

Sonia Rykiel pour H&M knitwear collection hits the worldwide H&M stores this Spring. There will be also plenty of perky accessories to choose from.

Get excited and ready for some amazing sweaters, tops and dresses in Rykiel’s trademark bold colors. You will not be able to resist the exuberant stripes, sparkling embellishments and lovely bows. What’s more, you will surely queue for hours to get one of those timeless Parisian style berets.

Refresh your spring wardrobe with the jolly spirit set by Sonia Rykiel’s collection pour H&M.

Mark February 20, 2010 in your diaries and visit www.spring10knit.com for more info and photos.

Happy shopping darlings – Oh La La!

Sonia Rykiel pour H&M

Sonia Rykiel pour H&M

Sonia Rykiel pour H&M

Sonia Rykiel pour H&M - my pick :)

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It has been so cold outside … the sun is gone, hidden somewhere behind those gray clouds and the wind  … this awful wind …

I am just thinking how wonderful it would be to have one of those amazing, soft and luxurious Moncler jackets from the Gamme Rouge collection.

It would be like wearing a light fluffy duvet around my body yet with that extra extreme chic factor. I could also easily put on a pair of Moncler platform wedges to keep my feet warm and to add a bit of twist to my outerwear.

Moncler … warm me and rescue me from this cold weather  … please.

Image source: www.moncler.it

Moncler gamme rogue jacket

Moncler wedges

Moncler chic coats

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This is an important note for those that live in winter climate!

Forget about gloves with fingers! Wear something new, edgy and cool!

Armlet is not a bracelet nor an arm-warmer, yet, it is the latest accessory you want to have in your wardrobe.

I know I know … you are thinking practical and already worry about your fingers getting frozen. I’m going to be a bit hard on you … stop wondering about your cold hands and welcome this winter season with a pair of fabulous leather armlets!

Ps: Isn’t it a great combination of textures? I love that amazingly soft velvet dress next to those sort of barbarous leather armlets. Fashion is beautiful!

Picture take from style.com

For more info on armlets refer to the article Futorology Armlets by Karen Dacre (Evening Standard).

armlet Fendi a/w 2009

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I like buying, owning and enjoying new things. I like trying new things too – with some tiny exceptions – my friend Aneta will know what I mean :) (think – sport!)

For some funny reason the last week was sort of all about new things. Here is my brief summary:

1) There is always a reason to dress up. And this is exactly what I was thinking when I saw a pair of Mulberry designer shoes just for £50! OK – they have a mini fault, namely the colour. One of the shoes has got a slightly darker colour than the other but I am already working on this problem – I have put the lighter-tone shoe  on the window sill hoping that the occasional British sunshine will make it darker eventually.

2) Everyone (girl) needs “the bag” – Once or twice (or more often if you can afford it) in your life time we girls deserve a great bag – the bag! Something like Chanel quilted flap bag or Louis Vuitton Monogram bag or Mulberry Ostrich bag. So when I went to Bath (UK) last w-end and found that incredible Mulberry outlet called Mulberry Factory Shop and saw that amazing orange ostrich bag … I just knew it would belong to me once leaving the shop. I bought it. Please, don’t think of me as the crazy shopaholic from Sophie Kinsella’s novels:) I am just an ordinary shopaholic who makes use of any good discounts! The bag had a really good outlet price comparing to the original one. I couldn’t resist … Well, here I am – a proud owner of a Mulberry Ostrich bag – the bag!

3) After being a bit ill a couple of days ago – I decided to cheer up my mood by getting a bright new haircut – a very short version of bob! I’m glad I did it – I don’t really have to do much with it – just a quick blow dry to look cool all day long.

4) Yesterday for the very first time I made Moussaka. I am so pleased with this “one pot” famous Greek dish. The combo of eggplants and creamy ricotta & cheddar cheese sauce is fantastic. I served that with a simple greek salad and some lovely wine. It’s a perfect dish for weekday nights!

Darlings, enjoy your all new little big things and have a fabulous weekend!

mulberry shoes

my new mulberry shoes

mulberry ostrich bag

my new mulberry ostrich bag

bob haircut

my new bob haircut

moussaka

moussaka @ frock & fork

Moussaka

Serves 4 – 6

You will need:

1 kg eggplants

olive oil

450 g lean lamb mince

2 onions, finely chopped

400 g can tomatoes

1 tablespoon fresh or dry oregano

1 tablespoon tomato paste

80 ml dry white wine

2 bay leaves

1 teaspoon sugar

1 handful of fresh basil leaves

For the cheese sauce:

315 ml milk

2 tablespoons plain flour

50 g grated Cheddar

250 g ricotta

salt & pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions:

Cut the eggplant into 1 cm thick slices, place in colander , sprinkle generously with salt and leave to stand for 20 min to  draw out the bitter juices.

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and brown the lamb mince, getting rid of any fat or water; once done place the meat on a plate and set aside.

Heat 1-2 tablespoons of oil, add the onion and fry gently for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 3 minutes or until the onion is golden.

Return the meat to the pan with onion. Add the herbs, tomato pulp and paste, wine, bay leaves and sugar. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Once done, check the seasoning.

Preheat the electric or oven grill. Pat dry the eggplants and grill them.

Arrange half of the eggplant slices in a baking dish. Top with half of the meat mixture. Repeat the layers.

Preheat the oven to 180 ℃.

Make the cheese sauce: blend a little of milk with the flour to form a paste in a small pan. Gradually blend in the remaining milk, stirring constantly over a low heat until the mixture thickens. Remove from the heat, stir in the Cheddar, ricotta, salt and pepper and nutmeg.

Pour over over the moussaka. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown.

Happy eating!

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Fashion is my passion, my profession, my interest, my deep affection, my wardrobe, my hobby, my time, my dream and my desire, my shopping, my art, my wonder and my goal, my play, my challenge, my inspiration and my magic …

Fashion is not a bagatelle – fashion is in the streets, in the museums, in the windows, on the runway, on the paper, at a dress maker’s place or vintage market, in the creative minds, in the movies, in front of the mirror, in the studio and in each and single culture.

Don’t think of fashion only in terms of clothes, skinny models and glam life; think of it the way timeless Coco Chanel did:

fashion by Coco Chanel

dutch design week

by Asia(Jo)

vintage fashion shop in greenwich

by Asia(Jo)

luella dress

by Asia(Jo)

fashonistas shoes

by Asia(Jo)

by Asia(Jo)

london street market

by Asia(Jo)

By Asia(Jo)

by Asia(Jo)

istituto marangoni fashionshow

by Asia(Jo)

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