I’m Anna – Fashion Stylist and Makeup Artist from Finland. I love fashion for the visual pleasure it gives me. It energizes me and lights me up inside. It allows me to reach the wonderful flow state, enabling me to find myself and to lose myself at the same time. It’s one way to nourish my creativity and have fun.
THEY ARE JUST PERFECT IN EVERY WAY. In collaboration with Vivaia.
Put a spring in your step!
I am so excited to share you this review with my new, beautiful shoes from Vivaia. These shoes are just perfect in every way.
Vivaia offers qualified shoes that are known for their elegant design, sustainable materials, and heavenly soft comfort – giving you a feeling like you are walking on the clouds. Their focus is to create luxurious and fashion-forward footwear with exceptional quality while also concentrating to make a positive impact on the world. Vivaia uses recycled eco-friendly materials obtained from plastic water bottles, creating a signature material that will last for years to come.
Sounds perfect or what? Wait, there is even more good news… Vivaia has a wide range of color and model to choose from, there is a perfect pair of shoes for every taste.
Use my code VALKIA to get 10% discount to your favorite pair of shoes.
Who said you cannot be both fashionable and sustainable at the same time?
Today I’m sharing you my body skincare routine for smooth, soft and glowing skin! This routine is excellent for photoshoots or whenever you need to show your skin a little bit more!
Here are my tricks for smooth and glowing body skin
Start with a scrub. Easy and quick homemade body scrub (not for face) is made with only two ingredients, coconut oil and sugar. This miracle mix leaves the skin heavenly soft and perfectly nourished. Use in shower and enjoy the incredibly delicious smell and the wonderful softness it gives to your body skin.
Make the skin really glow. These two products are the best of the best for everyone, who are looking for a product, that makes your skin glow in a second. These two products are just pure glow in a bottle. Nuxe Multi-purpose Dry Oil for face, body and hair, and Dior Backstage Face & Body Glow (mine is 001). These are the products that I can’t be without.
… Is an evergreen polka-dot print! Patterned pieces are always fun to wear and style. If you’re searching for a print that is graphic, feminine, elegant and playful, look no more! The one print you need is called polka-dots. This retro-inspired pattern suits every body type and every age, and the best thing is, it never goes out of style.
There are so many different types of polka-dots where to select your own favorites, for example the color of the fabric and the size of the dots.
If you opt for a classic pieces, stay in black and white, for a more playful look, choose an unexpected color combination.
The bigger the dots, the more eye-catching the outfit, if you want to make a real statement look, search for the biggest dots you can find.
Styling is the key
The classic way to wear a polka-dot dress, is to finish the look with cat-eye sunglasses, pearls, kitten heels and bold red lips. And if you really feel like dressing up, wrap a silk scarf over your head, to make the finishing touch. This styling trick will never let you down.
For more carefree, smart relaxed look, try combining a ruffled polka-dot skirt with sneakers and a hoodie, and you will be good to go… or to stay at home.
If it makes you happy, wear it.
Are you a fan of polka-dots? What is your favorite way to wear this print? Wishing you all a lovely weekend!
Scroll down to see a few of my current favorite polka-dot items to shop this spring!
Polka-dot print midi dress by Uterqüe with a trendy Peter Pan collar.
All-over-ruffled tulle jacket by Stine Goya.
Polka-dot printed total look by Mango.
Figure-flattering polka-dot dress by Rixo.
Mini top-handle bag with black dots by Kate Spade.
Easy spring outfit ideas with the prettiest knits!
I’m thrilled to share my looks that I have styled in my partnership with Chicwish. Get ready to be inspired! You can also see a lot more of my styling on my Instagram channel. If you aren’t already following me, feel free to visit my account @annavalkia.
All these amazingly beautiful knits above are from Chicwish. I am very thankful and honored to represent their gorgeous clothing collection. They have an amazing product quality, with so many super soft sweaters and cardigans (and everything else you ever need) to keep you warm and stylish when the days are still cold in the beginning of the spring season.
For anyone who is looking for a fancier take on sweaters and cardigans, there are so many options where to select from. My personal favorites are floral embroidered detailing and glamorously embellished buttons when I want to elevate my look. Relaxed and oversized knits are made to pair with straight legged jeans or figure-flattering miniskirts. Tight knitwear looks perfect with flowing skirts and slouchy trousers.
What is your favorite way to wear your knits?
Scroll down to see more of my few favorite knits from Chicwish.
If you live in a feminine world, you never need an excuse to wear feminine clothes
February is the month of love and the month of Valentine’s Day, if you love romantic clothes, heart prints, ruffles, and free-flowing dresses, now is the time to wear them, whether you have plans or not. If you are looking for the most romantic ways to dress up, look no more! Here are my five looks that make you radiate love to everyone around you.
The romance of the world
If you are like me, and love wearing red and pink, now is the best time to embrace these sweet and feminine colors. Red is the color of love, it symbolizes beating heart and lust, it is one of the most common colors for romantic ensembles and it looks fabulous on everyone. I like to mix different shades of red in my outfits. Deep scarlet red and soft pink are from the same color family and they will always look perfect when styled together. Light pink brings a graceful and sophisticated touch to an any ensemble, while darker pink promises a note of elegance and mystery.
“Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are magic.” – Frida Kahlo
Maybe every day should be a Valentine’s Day… anyway, now is the time to look at your loved ones like maybe they’re magic, make them feel special… and maybe they look at you with the same way.
May your month be full of love, laughter, flowers and chocolate!
Today I want to thank my wonderful supportive community that encourages me to keep working, to keep creating and to keep inspiring. I am truly touched by the kindness of all the lovely people I have met during my fashion journey. I have an incredible supportive community with me, and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Without the caring people around me it would be so much different.
Let’s level up!
I want to do my best to encourage other women to believe in themselves and to take action to reach all their wildest desires. I know it takes courage to create, to put your heart into the things you love to do, and then showing the result to the world. The first step is always to act, to start, without worrying what other people might think of you. You always need to remember that you are responsible for your own life, you create it. The choices you make today create your future. The key to level up your life is learning to make choices that are serving you and the life you deserve. You need to trust yourself.
Start before you are ready
Realize that you should never wait to be ready to start doing what you want to do, what you love to do, what your heart tells you to do. You never need to know how everything will finally end up. Because you can’t plan life. Taking an action before you feel ready will always lead you somewhere, you will learn something. And then you will find yourself empowered.
Dreams don’t work unless you do
Your vision of your life is yours, which means not everyone will understand you. People who don’t see your vision can’t courage or support you. But don’t let yourself down because of that. You are the only one holding the power to grow into the most wonderful version of yourself. All that matters is what’s true for you. Now, I want to share you a poem from Nikita Gill.
Womanhood is rich with unlearning. How to unlearn the way You hate your body, how to rebuild your spirit after the supernova of love finally bursts, how to understand that there are million new versions of you, hiding under your skin. How each one is born from suffering agonizingly, unlearning what others want you and your body to be, finding moments and seconds by metaphors in everything that makes you feel good make you feel. Reiterating them till there is finally understanding and accepting, inside your very soul the only thing that truly matters is how often you say on your journey, “This, all of this, is for me.”
– Nikita Gill
I wish you say: “This, all of this, is for me.” often. Lots of love – Anna
OUTFIT DETAILS: 1. BLOUSE Weekend Max Mara / SKIRT Samsøe & Samsøe / BAG Anna Valkia / EARRINGS Zara / SHOES Zign / THIGHS Falke // 2. CARDIGAN & SKIRT Chicwish (gifted) / EARRINGS & RING Thomas Sabo (old) / SHOES Zign // 3. SWEATER & SKIRT Chicwish (gifted) / UMBRELLA Lasessor / SHOES Zign
LIFE WON’T SPARKLE UNLESS YOU DO. In collaboration with Chicwish
Dress up and dance
Another year. Spend it well. Let your faith be bigger than your fear. Dare to dream and dare to make your dreams reality. Dress up and dance. Have a laugh. Become a happier version of yourself. Find something to be grateful for. Love unconditionally.
Let go of your limitations
You can have your ego, or you can have your dreams. Do more things that scare you. Stop telling yourself no way, and instead find a way, create a way. Do whatever it takes and decide to really live this year.
I can do anything, and anything, and anything...
“I’m going to make everything around me beautiful – that will be my life.” – Elsie de Wolfe
This quote has been on my fridge for years. It inspires me. I think it’s a good reminder that the power to make a beautiful life is in my own hands. And for you the power to create a beautiful life for yourself and your loved ones – is in your hands. Never forget how powerful you are. This year create a life you cannot wait to wake up to.
Write the story you want to live. You are stronger than you know and you’re more beautiful than you think. Speak gently to yourself, know your worth. It is not who you are that holds you back, it’s what you think you are not.
Isn’t it lovely to be with someone whose energy empowers you and lights you up inside? There was a time when I didn’t believe in myself that much. I didn’t believe I’m beautiful and I didn’t think that I had the right to embrace my own beauty. Now when I think about it, it makes me a little sad. About two years ago, a dear friend of mine from Norway, wrote to me that I should use my beauty and talent in fashion and go for it fully. She empowered me to believe in myself and to follow and honor my vision, my own truth.
And so, I want to encourage you, to believe in yourself, to go after your dreams, to see the beauty in you, in others and in the world, to stay in your light and to start enjoying life’s simple graces. You’re needed in this world.
Have a beautiful, fabulous and cheerful year ahead!
OUTFIT DETAILS: 1. SWEATER AND SKIRT Chicwish (gifted) / SHOES Na-kd / 2. KNIT AND SKIRT Chicwish (gifted) / SHOES Zign / NECKLACE H&M / 3. KNIT AND SKIRT Chicwish (gifted) / SHOES Guess / 4. TOP Boss (old) / SKIRT Bruuns Bazaar / SHOES Topshop / NECKLACE Weekend Max Mara (old)
THE CELEBRATION STARTS NOW! In collaboration with Chicwish.
Dressed to party
The New Year is around the corner and soon we will wave goodbye to 2020. Many of us need to celebrate the big night differently than before (read: social distancing at home). But I think an intimate house party or a virtual party and a dose of glamour sounds like a great plan.
This year I’m adding a bit of sophistication and positivity to my New Year’s outfit in the form of a fancy jacquard skirt and a shiny golden top. Midnight blue hue goes perfectly with warm and shimmery gold making the outfit look festive. What are your plans to wear to wear for NYE?
Turn wishes into reality
After this overwhelming year with so much change, I would like to hear some positive things that happened to you during 2020. Share your good news or achievement that made you happy and grateful. When you start thinking of how you’ve succeeded, you may notice that there are many positive things that happened to you. I’ve been thinking about the past twelve months, the ups and downs, especially concentrating on the good things that happened. The world you see is created by what you focus on, so I’m focusing to see the good. One great achievement for me and my family was selling our house last summer and moving to the area we were dreaming to live, it felt so awesome and I’m still so very grateful to live here.
I hope you all can welcome the 2021 with a grateful heart, trusting that it will be good for you and your loved ones, living in the present moment, without fear, doing your best in every situation, showing love to people who are meaningful to you, making every day a decision that you will make it a good day, being the best version of yourself in each day of the coming year.
Sending all my warmest wishes to you and your loved ones! Have a sweet, cheerful, blissful and fabulous New Year!
“What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t even happened yet.” – Anne Frank
The Christmas hullabaloo starts now! During the holidays there is one special color calling my name the most. And yes, it is red. I own a one red turtleneck and wear it all the time during the holiday season. Here are my three ways to style it to make me feel festive and ready for Christmas. What color is your favorite during the holidays?
“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others”- Bob Hope
Sending you my warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful Christmas!
OUTFIT DETAILS: TURTLENECK Morgan / 1. TULLE SKIRT Chicwish (gifted) / SHOES Zign / NECKLACE Snö of Sweden (old) UMBRELLA Lasessor / 2. SKIRT Tiger of Sweden / BOOTS Topshop / BELT Aldo / THIGHS Falke / NECKLACE H&M / 3. SKIRT (old) / BELT & CHOKER Pieces / THIGHS Falke
Sportswear has become universally stylish and an important part of a modern wardrobe that you can wear not only at the gym but absolutely anywhere with absolutely anything.
I wanted to show you how to create a stylish street style look with this sporty top while also bringing joy to an outfit with a juicy color scheme from head to toe. You know that I’m really into colors and especially the ones that make you feel happy, like vibrant orange, which I think is one of the happiest and warmest colors you can wear. Here I paired a bright orange top with light blue jeans. Without a doubt, this color combo always makes a perfect match.
Glam up your bike shorts!
These are my first bike shorts after so many years, I think I was 13 when I wore these kinds of shorts last time. But here I am again, wearing these sporty pieces totally differently than ever before.
I love how versatile bike shorts are, they can be styled so many cool ways. As you know, I like my looks to have a little bit of glam and that was exactly how I wanted to style these shorts too. When you think about bike shorts, glamour isn’t the first thing that comes into your mind and that’s why I wanted to show you how to make them look effortlessly polished and chic. I paired my shorts with an oversized chunky sweater and high heels. For a polished look, another option is to pair them with a structured blazer.
Top and shorts are from a sustainable fashion brand Revoel. It’s a female owned Finnish brand which has just launched their first sportswear collection. Their qualified products are designed and handmade in Finland from recycled fabrics.
Have you already mixed practical sportswear with more formal looks? Wishing you all an inspiring and lovely day!