AUTUMN U N I F O R M

They say that by a certain age you should develop a go-to uniform for yourself and a handful of essential items you can mix and match.

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Looking back on my outfits from a few years ago, and comparing them to what I wear now, I can definitely draw a few conclusions, which lead me to realize how my style has evolved. I think I am finally coming to terms with essential items and a go-to uniform, which I can reach for anytime without any great thought process. Honestly though, I do still have to hold myself back when shopping, because I am constantly drawn to those fun colors and patterns – which now I have learned I need to limit myself to as I just don’t wear them as much anymore. This outfit here is a perfect example of my go-to uniform. Perfectly comfortable, and color coordinated, and this is why I now only buy essential items in a specific color palette – to make sure everything can be worn together!

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BLACK TROUSERS: I am wearing my dear black ripped denim, which as you can assume, are from Zara. Ever since I bought my first pair of denim from Zara, I never once looked at pants from another store. I haven’t been disappointed since, and I couldn’t be happier with the price and quality either. Black trousers (ripped denim, or straight/skinny pants – Truthfully, I don’t remember the last time I had on a pair of blue jeans (not including the ripped denim skirt I wore all summer…). Ever since I purchased this pair of black distressed denim, I feel like it is all I ever want to wear; it’s so comfy, and literally goes with everything because of the color. My problem now is that with the temperatures slowly dropping, I know I will need a paid of pants that aren’t ripped. So, why struggle? I have gone back into Zara and decided to purchase a classic mid rise black trouser pant – almost a denim, but dark enough to fool anyone.

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SWEATERS: Presenting you with a new addition to my closet, and my first purchase at All Saints. For the many years that we have shopped at All Saints, it was solely for my husband, but once I saw this a few weeks ago, I fell in love immediately. Let me tell you, this  cardigan is just amazing, as you can wear it so many ways it really feels like a ten in one sweater! Of course, I purchased it in a light grey. Underneath, I am wearing a classic ribbed turtleneck sweater; another staple in my closet. Oversized sweaters have become an essential item in my closet simply for their comfort and (lucky me) now their popularity. I actually used to purchase sweaters a few sizes too big just to give myself that extra space and oversized look. I just love how an oversized sweater looks and feels – as I’m not a fan of skin tight outfits. Overall though, I think sweaters are one of my weaknesses, especially cozy turtlenecks for the colder months.

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BOOTS: Here they are, my classic L.K. Bennett Chelsea Boots, which I purchased at the  L.K. Bennett store at one of my favorite shopping locations on the planet – Bicester Village, last winter. I literally can wear them with just about anything, and they are ideal for this type of weather where flats and bare feet are no longer an option, and a covered ankle really does make all the difference. I absolutely love a classic black Chelsea boot, a mid length riding boot, or an over the knee suede boot. In terms of sneakers, I love New Balance, and of course, live in my Isabel Marant Bekketts and Alexander McQueen oversized sneakers.  Although, I’m sure I will put those into storage as soon as the wet weather starts to protect them.

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HAT: I have recently found myself wearing these hats a lot. I have a black one which I purchased from H&M last year, but once I saw this one at Rudsak, I automatically fell in love. I love the green color of it, and it has the leather lace around it with a furry pompom at the back – I mean, how could you not fall in love with it. I guess you could say that the hat is also a staple item in my uniform, but I actually don’t wear it as much as I’d like to, so I wouldn’t necessarily include it.

I’m sure with winter around the corner I’ll be adding a few more layers to my outfits, but other than that, I think I’m pretty set on this uniform. What are you essential outfit pieces that you reach for regularly? Do you have a go-to uniform?

B O O T S ON MY MIND

I will openly admit it; I am addicted to shoes – a good pair of shoes that is. I’ve recently made a few pretty exciting sneaker purchases; which I will share on here at some point, and now with the seasons changing and Autumn/Winter rolling in, it’s time to switch my focus to boots!

First and foremost, these absolutely perfect LOUIS VUITTON boots below. Honestly, I have been falling in love with these boots for some time now, no matter what the temperature outside was, I was drawn to these babies. I truly believe that I could rock these boots in any season; with a flowy dress, pair of distressed denim, or a hoodie. Isn’t that a way to convince yourself that you need a pair of shoes?

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Although the above LOUIS VUITTON boots are really the only ones on my mind, below you’ll find a few other pairs/styles which I love for this season; yes, most are designer brands but they’re really just here for inspiration. I can assure you that you’ll be able to find these, and similar styles at your favourite high street shops as well.

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And of course, the famous YSL heels! I think I have seen these in all possible fashion and style magazines, and of course, all over instagram lately. True to their popularity, they are pretty amazing. Personally, for my lifestyle, maybe not for an average daily errand, but definitely for a more special occasion!

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#OOTD // THANKSGIVING WEEKEND

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Thanksgiving is definitely at the top of my list of favourite Holidays – the weather always seems to cooperate, the food choices are my go-to any day, and meaning of the Holiday is to give thanks!

This year’s Thanksgiving was perfection. We had not one, but two big Thanksgiving Dinners; one at my parents house, and the other at my husbands parents house. Now, in keeping with the Polish tradition, on any given Holiday, it’s usually a tradition to spend the entire day with family, and that is exactly what we did. We spent the entire day just spending time together, watching movies (and the Euro Soccer Qualifiers Game on Sunday!), snacking on homemade goodies, and just relaxing and enjoying each others companies.

The weather, as always, was perfect. Both day, the sun came out from behind the clouds just around 11, and shined brightly until just around sunset. The temperatures reached about 25 degrees celsius, which made it feel almost like summer and not autumn. Who doesn’t love warm sunny autumn days. There’s something about the colourful trees blowing in the warm autumn air that gets me every time!

Unfortunately, time flies when you’re having a good time, and these two days were gone before we knew it, but either way, I feel that we got our blessings in, and we’ve come out more thankful for everything that we have.

But, let’s talk about my outfit now. My outfit didn’t necessarily reflect this weather, because I was a bit warm, but, at least I was super comfy (and it looked cute).

THE DRESS: This Vero Moda dress I purchased at The Bay last year, and it truly is a gem in my closet – I can dress it up, dress it down, and it’s super practical.

THE SHOES: I purchased these shoes about two years ago from ASOS and basically live in them as the weather gets colder, because they have a nice warm insulation. What I love about them is that you can’t tell that they are really that warm, as they are not chunky and thick, but rather sleek.

THE BAG: There is a Kate Spade Outlet just over an hours drive from my house; how convenient isn’t it. I purchased this bag sometime last year, when I was looking for a more structured black handbag, and it truly was the perfect find. I love the bow detail on the front, I think it gives it that extra feminine Kate Spade touch.

THE ACCESSORIES: Traditionally, I am wearing my five bracelets which I do not part with, and wear everyday. I finally caved, and purchased an extra-large pair of hoop earrings. These specifically are from Aldo, and do the trick just fine.

So, I know I don’t do outfit posts too often anymore, but I promise I will work on this and try to share with you more of my style sets on here. But, you can always check out my Instagram (@claudiawiercinski) for up to date outfits and inspirations!

WHAT IS “THE PRETTIER LIFE”?

Strive for constant H  A  P  P  I  N  E  S  S

Focus on maintaining a  H  E  A  L  T  H  Y  body, mind, and soul

find your personal style, and let that define  F  A  S  H  I  O  N   choices

T  R  A  V  E  L  the world; there’s so much to explore & learn

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World Haus Fashion was all about my style and my outfits. When I decided to start The Prettier Life, I knew I wanted to take it in a different direction a bit, simply because I knew I would not have the time I used to, to post and shoot my outfits, and because I was ready to share with the world the other topics and aspects of my life and personality. Also, World Haus Fashion was literally all about the Fashion, where The Prettier Life is more a lifestyle blog, which I wanted to share more than just fashion (even though a good chunk of it still focuses on my love of fashion). Growing up, I spent my time traveling the world, and experiencing the greatness it has to offer, which I then transcribed into my style and outfits. Now, (although I’m still “growing up”) I feel the need to transfer this positive vibrant knowledge into my lifestyle, which I’ve broken down into four main categories: Health + Happiness + Fashion + Travel. I feel that, that is exactly the definition of “The Prettier Life” for me. All four of those categories make up my lifestyle in one way or another, and I am able to group other aspects of my life directly into one or more of the categories.

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Although I am still searching (I don’t believe we ever stop searching) I think I have found a very solid piece of my puzzle.  Those four words have become my keys to success, sanity, and growth. As I mentioned before, there are many other subcategories in my life (words) that I use to define my “success” but truthfully they are all able to fit into one of these main categories I’ve created.

By following the motto that “everything happens for a reason” and “positive vibes only” I am able to push past and/or learn to cope/adapt to the negative and/or stressful events in life. Of course, we all deal with things differently, and some matters are easier to “push past or cope” with, but by following these two mottos I learn to deal with things better.

In today’s busy and quickly changing world, it’s so important to keep your feet firmly on the ground and have a strong grasp of your own self; it seems that everything around us is developing and changing so quickly, sometimes it may be hard to keep up – and that is where the importance of “The Prettier Life” comes into play also.

The Prettier Life is a balance and combination of all the aspects of our lives, wrapped neatly into a focused and positive package. 

BOOKS, BOOKS, & MORE BOOKS!

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Reading and Writing have been two of my favourite hobbies since I’ve been a little girl. Now that I am older, my collection and interests have developed into something much more than just a few novels I read and reread. Considering the fact that I am an absolute Indigo addict, I regularly receive various updates from my friends at Indigo letting me know of new releases, and great books to add to my list, both based on books I have read, as well as books from other categories I haven’t tried. Of course, my wishlist standard is 100 books on average, at any time. But, I’ll tell you more about the great store called Indigo some other time…

Today, I am here to tell you about my love of reading, and a few great books I have read that I highly recommend. I have chosen five books, each from a different category, in hopes of capturing a little bit of everyone’s interest. I won’t go into detail on the events of the books, but I’ll just try to give you an overall view of why I loved it and would recommend it.

My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward by Mark Lukach

I picked this book up for two main reasons – I am an avid believer of raising awareness about Mental Health, and I admire writers who are able to write out and share their memories and feelings. Mark’s story touches a part of my own personal life, and in reading through the chapters, I was able to really connect and come to terms of the importance and support of this topic, on a grander level. The way that Mark presents the various situations he encounters really puts a perspective on the realities of mental health, and I think that is so important for truly everyone to understand. Mental Health is becoming less of a secret these days, but that doesn’t mean that we are actually educated on the topic. Of course, I am not saying that after reading Mark’s story you will be a genius on the topic, but you will be able to see a specific perspective on the matter, which is also incredibly important.

Other books in this category I would recommend

  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  • My Secret Sister by Helen Edwards & Jenny Lee Smith
  • A Train in Winter by Caroline Moorehead
  • House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi

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The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

After reading The Girl on the Train, when it was first released, I told myself that I must find more books like that. Of course, with the popularity of The Girl on the Train, many books within the same category were brought forward – it’s almost like The Girl on The Train became a category on its own for a while.  The Woman in Cabin 10 is definitely something that fits in that category; not a difficult read, and definitely a page turner. The story provides just enough detail for the reader to create his/her own image of the surroundings and situations, which is one of the best things about these psychological thriller type books.

Other books in this category I would recommend:

  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
  • The Girl Before by JP Delaney
  • Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

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The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The World War Two era is one that is close to my heart, so naturally, I am drawn to books and stories from these times. The Alice Network is a split between present day and World War One/Two. Kate tells a captivating story of the hardships and realities of earlier days in Europe. I think that it is SO important for people to be aware and have knowledge of what life really looked like during the Wars in Europe. There is such an incredible amount of respect and honor that needs to be recognized the brave men and women who fought for their countries in the resistance groups and of course in the armies. I am working my way through books on stories from World War Two, from the perspectives of individuals in varying countries in Europe who were (or were not entirely) affected by the events. It is insanely incredible to read these stories and have knowledge of these events, and I think that even if you do not have the interest of becoming a teacher on this topic, it would be beneficial to have a general idea of these “reality check” stories.

Other books in this category I would recommend:

  • The Nazi Officer’s Wife by Edith Hahn Beer
  • Night by Elie Wiesel
  • Sara’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnan
  • The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa
  • Goodnight from London by Jennifer Bobson
  • Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
  • Fires of Autumn by Irene Nemirovsky
  • The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doers

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The Rome Affair by Karen Swan

In between reading books on the realities of World War Two, I like to sneak in a romantic/fun novel. My husband bought this book for me for my birthday, and let me tell you, he hit the jackpot. The way Karen tells the story is so genuine and intriguing, that I can honestly say I read this book in two days. Of course, with many of these types of novels, the endings can mostly be predicted, but honestly, it doesn’t matter. When I was reading this book, I honestly felt as though I was right there with the characters, seeing it all play out. I do not have any other books by Karen, but trust me, they are sitting in that Indigo Wishlist just waiting for the right moment.

Other books in this category I would recommend:

  • The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  • The Affair by Santa Montefiore
  • Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
  • The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whitall
  • Baby Proof by Emily Griffin
  • Hedge Fund Wives by Tatiana Boncompagni
  • Vanity Fair by Megan Caldwell
  • In this Moment by Karma Brown

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale is an absolutely beautiful story which takes place during the Second World War, and told from a woman’s perspective; dealing with the life, realities, and secrets of the woman of the war. Now, I have saved the best for last – my husband also bought this book for me for my birthday, and so he is to blame for my complete and utter love for all books written by Kristin Hannah. After I finished reading this book, I think I say there staring at the last page now knowing if I should cry because it’s over, or cry because it was the most amazing book I have read.  After having that kind of impact, I purchased another one of her books; same reaction, so I purchased another (not believing my luck), and yes, same reaction. Kristin is able to bring out all of my emotions in a single book, each and every single time. From happiness to sadness and everything possibly in between.

Other books by this author I would recommend:

  • Winter Garden
  • Firefly Lane
  • Night Road
  • Home Front
  • True Colours

I could go on for days tell you all about the great books that I have read, or the books that I want to read, but I think that I have left you with some ideas to ponder in the meantime. I hope that my post will provide you with some insights, and inspire your next book of choice!

Looking for some more motivation to get reading? Check out fellow Blogger Jennifer Gall at Something Simple for some more book recommendations and inspirations! Her post Inspiration in the form of words is now published on her blog!

Find more regular book recommendations on my instagram @claudiawiercinski

S W E A T E R WEATHER

If you follow my blog and social sites, I am sure you already know that I am ALL ABOUT sweaters; during all seasons of the year, really. I find myself wearing sweaters all year, yes, even in the summer months, but the sweater game really changes in the Autumn/Winter months. Probably because these are the seasons when you are supposed to wear sweaters!

So, in sweet dedication to these wonder pieces of clothing, here are a few of my top choices for this season.