3 Fresh Ways to Style a White Button-Up Shirt in 2021

IT’S A CLASSIC FOR A REASON.

Make your white button-up shirt feel 100 times cooler

It’s time to leave your pencil skirt and straight fit trousers to hang in your wardrobe for a while, and instead, look for refreshed styling tricks for your beloved classic white button-up shirt. Right now, it seems like this classic wardrobe hero goes with anything in your wardrobe, and when I say anything, I mean ANYTHING. You can style a button-up shirt any way you like, wear it with sportswear, party dresses or swimsuits, you can’t go wrong.

The chicest way to wear a white button-up shirt this fall, is to pick an oversized fit to achieve that soft, loose-fitting silhouette that we’re all about, think about shirts that look like they’ve been borrowed from your dad’s, boyfriend’s or husband’s wardrobe (my white shirt is actually borrowed from my husband’s wardrobe, super-sized menswear usually work). To create a cool look, style your oversized shirt with something unexpected.

White Shirt + Ripped Jeans

For an everyday ensemble, you can’t go wrong with a classic button-up shirt and ripped jeans. Style with heels for a ladylike touch or with sneakers for more casual look.

White Shirt + Sportswear

If you’re having a busy day and need to go straight to the gym after having a lunch date, you can throw your button-up shirt over your active-wear and you are ready for all your activities.  

White Shirt + Dress

Try wearing a crisp white button-up shirt instead of a blazer over a slip dress or a lightweight knitted dress. Style with sneakers for a cool-girl vibe, this pairing will never fail you.


OUTFIT DETAILS:
WHITE BUTTON UP SHIRT Borrowed from my husband’s wardrobe

This Classic Dress Will Take You from Day to Night

THE ONLY DRESS YOU NEED.
In collaboration with Chicwish.

Every woman needs a satin slip dress in her closet

Beautiful dresses are my wardrobe’s most trusted pieces, I am a big fan of good-looking dresses and I love to wear them everywhere and at any time, but nothing feels quite as effortless as a classic, silky slip dress. Thanks to its simplicity, it goes with nearly everything you own and can be styled with so many ways.

Slip dresses are ideal for effortless summertime look, but also lightweight enough to layer in the winter. You can wear tees, turtlenecks, and other tops underneath a slip dress or you can throw a chunky sweater over it. I also love to pair a fancy slip dress with an oversized floor-length coat styled with embellished heels for a chic fall look or with knee-high boots for a stylish winter look. It’s hard to think of any other item that is as versatile as a slip dress!

Could a slip dress be the most versatile item in your wardrobe?

Maybe! And if you ask me, it’s the most worn dress in my wardrobe! My favorite slip dress is this emerald-colored number from Chicwish, it’s made from luxurious, soft satin and it features a very flattering cowl neckline, spaghetti-thin straps, and split hem. This is the perfect dress for date-nights, cocktail events or layering piece. It’s a really elegant dress and if you think it looks great on pictures, wait until you see it in real life.


OUTFIT DETAILS:
SLIP DRESS In collaboration with Chicwish / BAG Zara (old) / SHOES Uterque / EARRINGS Glitter

3 Chic Skirts That Will Instantly Make You Look Polished

I’M IN LOVE.
In collaboration with Chicwish

It’s officially time to put on your favorite skirt!

Are you ready to pack up your sweats? There are so many pretty clothes I am dreaming about right now, but sweats are not one of them. I guess, we are all looking for ways to dress up again, and what better way to start leveling up your outfit than changing your comfy pants to fabulous skirts. If you ask me, a skirt that flatters your body type and looks elegant brings you instant mood-lifting benefits.

Always a little shine and sparkle!

One of the best ways to bring a touch of glamour to your outfit is to add something metallic, something shiny, something golden… and that’s it! Easy, effortless and effective – fancy details will take you from simply wearing your clothes to being dressed.

My absolute favorite skirt at the moment is this Chicwish skirt, it features a great A-line silhouette, high-waist fit and a beautiful pattern with golden leaves. It is perfect for any dress up occasions and can be easily styled with multiple ways.

Elegant and classy – just the way I like it!

If you are like me, and you love feminine and elegant pieces, then you might love prints with delicate florals and soft color palettes… I am obsessed with all flowers and I think I just can’t get enough of them. Somebody is attracted to geometric prints, somebody to abstract prints, but I really really love florals, nothing beats them. So, you can see why I fell in love with this fabulous, blooming floral skirt, it’s one of my all-time favorites, and I have to keep myself from wearing it too much!

Feminine aesthetic

What outfits make you feel feminine? For me, I put on an A-line skirt, embellished shoes and a cute top, and that’s it for me. I have been loving an A-shaped skirts and dresses for a while now, and they always make me feel so good, so glamorous. Every time I wear them my whole mood becomes elevated and I just feel happier. Do you know that feeling you get from wearing your favorite clothes?

I’m in love with this beautiful skirt with a glorious floral pattern, it makes me feel like I’m walking on a field full of flowers. I am looking forward to style this skirt with a forest green knit for a fancy fall-time look.

Wear your favorite clothes everyday!

I have found my style step by step, and every day I am still creating myself – style is an evolution and it changes over time. That’s the fun part of it, there’s always something exiting around the corner, waiting for you to rock it in your own way.

As I grow older, I find myself expressing my style with an open mind. The truth is, you can only find your own style by taking a risk… trying something new might make you feel foolish about yourself, but there’s a chance that it leads you to find something that really lights you up, makes your skin glow and your eyes sparkle.


OUTFIT DETAILS:
ALL SKIRTS In collaboration with Chicwish

VIVAIA / These Are the Spring/Summer Shoes No Woman Should Be Without

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?


OUTFIT DETAILS:
SHOES Vivaia (gifted) / FLORAL DRESS Chicwish (gifted) / WHITE TOP & SKIRT H&M

Spring Season Is Almost Here / This Is The Perfect Springtime Trend

THIS PRINT WORKS EVERY TIME.

The one print that you will always keep

… 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.

  1. If you opt for a classic pieces, stay in black and white, for a more playful look, choose an unexpected color combination.
  2. 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!

  1. Polka-dot print midi dress by Uterqüe with a trendy Peter Pan collar.
  2. All-over-ruffled tulle jacket by Stine Goya.

  1. Polka-dot printed total look by Mango.
  2. Figure-flattering polka-dot dress by Rixo.

  1. Mini top-handle bag with black dots by Kate Spade.
  2. Polka-dot mesh stiletto heels by Ted Baker.

OUTFIT DETAILS:
1. POLKA-DOT SKIRT &Other Stories / 2. POLKA-DOT BLOUSE Ganni / 3. POLKA-DOT DRESS Topshop / 4. POLKA-DOT DRESS H&M

Here Are the Most Beautiful Sweaters and Cardigans to Wear Right Now

FEEL THE WARMTH.
In collaboration with Chicwish.

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.

All the knits above are from Chicwish.

Have you found your springtime knitwear yet?

Hoping you all are enjoying your weekend!

OUTFIT DETAILS:
All knits gifted from Chicwish.

The Month of LOVE / The Most Romantic Looks With a Cheerful Dose of Hearts, Flowers and Chocolate

CELEBRATING LOVE.
In collaboration with 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!


OUTFIT DETAILS:
Clothing from Chicwish *gifted

You Are the Woman of Your Dreams

LIVE STRONGER.
In collaboration with Chicwish.

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.

Unlearning

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

Make 2021 Your Best Year Yet

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.

Live unapologetically

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.

Darling, shine

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)

Welcome 2021 / Have a Sweet and Fabulous Year Ahead

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


OUTFIT DETAILS:
TOP Pinko / SKIRT Chicwish (gifted) / TIGHTS Falke / SHOES Guess